School of Chemistry and Biochemistry to Host Charles L. Liotta Symposium

This year marks Regents Professor Emeritus Charles Liotta’s 50th at Georgia Tech, and the celebration is on.

M.G. Finn Named Interim Chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Finn brings a passion for education, teaching as well as research in immunology, organic synthesis and material science to the role.

Grad Students and the Quest for the Origins of Life

Want to learn how life began? You can do that. Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Eric Parker tells how.

Seminars & Events

Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Physical Division Seminar - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 4:00pm - MoSE 3201A
Meeting - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:00am - MoSE 2100F
Prof. Bryan Shaw - Baylor University
Chemical Biology - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:00am - 3201A

Featured Research

Article Title
Research Authors
Sarria, S., Wong, B., Garcia Mar, H., Keasling, J., Peralta-Yahya, P..
Citation
ACS Synthetic Biology (2014), Vol. ASAP, A-J
Miscellaneous Details
Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S. Department of Energy

Current biofuels lack the high energy density necessary for use in energy intensive aircraft, rockets, and missiles.‎ Pinene dimers, which can be synthesized via chemical dimerization of pinene, have a similar heating value and density to the tactical fuel JP-10.  The Peralta-Yahya lab engineered the microbe Escherichia coli for pinene production and demonstrated the feasibility of microbial pinene synthesis as a sustainable source of pinene dimers. The approach relied on combinatorial expression of the last two enzymes in the pathway, geranyl pyrophosphate synthase and pinene synthase, followed by protein fusion to produce 32 mg/L of pinene, a 6-fold improvement over the highest titer previously reported in engineered E. coli.

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